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Lear Corporation is an auto parts business based in the US. Lear Corporation shares (LEA) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Lear Corporation employs 164,100 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$16.5 billion.

How to buy shares in Lear Corporation

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Lear Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: LEA. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Lear Corporation reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$140.87, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Lear Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Lear Corporation. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted Lear Corporation's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Lear Corporation's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was USD$140.87, which is 15.30% up on its pre-crash value of USD$119.31 and 122.90% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$63.2.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Lear Corporation shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$632.33 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,125.55.

Lear Corporation share price

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Lear Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market close USD$140.87
52-week range USD$63.2 - USD$143.5
50-day moving average USD$119.1
200-day moving average USD$109.133
Wall St. target price USD$136.75
PE ratio 52.7097
Dividend yield USD$3.08 (3.78%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.536

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Is it a good time to buy Lear Corporation stock?

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Lear Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $140.87 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-20) 1.21%
1 month (2020-10-30) 16.60%
3 months (2020-08-28) 20.58%
6 months (2020-05-29) 32.83%
1 year (2019-11-29) 17.09%
2 years (2018-11-29) 4.45%
3 years (2017-11-29) -21.35%
5 years (2015-11-27) 11.96%

Is Lear Corporation under- or over-valued?

Valuing Lear Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Lear Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Lear Corporation's P/E ratio

Lear Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 53x. In other words, Lear Corporation shares trade at around 53x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Lear Corporation's PEG ratio

Lear Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.8752. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Lear Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Lear Corporation's EBITDA

Lear Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.1 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Lear Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Lear Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$16.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 3.6%
Gross profit TTM USD$1.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.96%
Return on equity TTM 4.55%
Profit margin 0.75%
Book value $64.526
Market capitalisation USD$7.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Lear Corporation shares

There are currently 754,780 Lear Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Lear Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 16.9% down from 907,995 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Lear Corporation shares can be evaluated.

Lear Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Lear Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Lear Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Lear Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 499854.30463576). Lear Corporation's SIR currently stands at 1.51. In other words for every 100,000 Lear Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1510 shares are currently held short.

However Lear Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Lear Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Lear Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Lear Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Lear Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0126% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Lear Corporation shares, roughly 13 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Lear Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Lear Corporation stock.

Lear Corporation's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Lear Corporation.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Lear Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 13.98

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Lear Corporation's overall score of 13.98 (as at 10/01/2020) is excellent – landing it in it in the 11st percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Lear Corporation is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Lear Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 5.41/100

Lear Corporation's environmental score of 5.41 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Lear Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Lear Corporation's social score

Social score: 5.71/100

Lear Corporation's social score of 5.71 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Lear Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Lear Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 5.35/100

Lear Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Lear Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Lear Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Lear Corporation scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Lear Corporation has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Lear Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2020-10-01.

Total ESG score 13.98
Total ESG percentile 10.82
Environmental score 5.41
Environmental score percentile 1
Social score 5.71
Social score percentile 1
Governance score 5.35
Governance score percentile 1
Level of controversy 2

Lear Corporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 37.16% of net profits

Recently Lear Corporation has paid out, on average, around 37.16% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.78% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Lear Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 3.78% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Lear Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $3.08 per share.

While Lear Corporation's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Lear Corporation may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Lear Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 18 March 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 27 February 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Lear Corporation's shares ever split?

Lear Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 18 March 2011. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Lear Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Lear Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Lear Corporation's share price.

Lear Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Lear Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $63.2 up to $143.5. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

LEA.US volatility(beta: 1.67)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Lear Corporation's is 1.6674. This would suggest that Lear Corporation's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Lear Corporation overview

Lear Corporation designs, develops, engineers, manufactures, assembles, and supplies automotive seating, and electrical distribution systems and related components for automotive original equipment manufacturers in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, and internationally. Its Seating segment offers leather and fabric products, seat covers, recliner mechanisms, seat tracks and foams, seat structures and mechanisms, and headrests for automobiles and light trucks, compact cars, and sport utility vehicles. The company's E-Systems segment offers electrical distribution systems that route electrical signals and networks, and manage electrical power within the vehicle for various powertrains, such as traditional internal combustion engine architectures, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric architectures. This segment's products comprise wire harnesses, terminals and connectors, and junction boxes; and electronic control modules, such as body control modules, smart junction boxes, gateway modules, wireless receiver and transmitter technology, lighting control modules, audio domain controllers, amplifiers, and communication modules. It also provides electrification products comprising charging systems that include onboard charging modules and cord set charging equipment; battery electronics, which comprise battery disconnect units, cell monitoring supervisory systems, and integrated total battery control modules; and other power management modules, including converter and inverter systems. In addition, this segment offers cybersecurity software; advanced vehicle positioning for automated and autonomous driving applications; roadside modules that communicate real-time traffic information; and cellular protocols for vehicle connectivity, as well as Xevo Journeyware, a platform for the cloud, vehicles, and mobile devices; and connectivity products. The company was founded in 1917 and is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan.

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